Helping Edinburgh young drivers keep safe on the road

Outside at Edinbrugh Young Drivers

More than 2,000 teenagers are set to attend Young Drivers 2017 this week. This four-day exhibition takes place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange and promotes responsible motoring among inexperienced drivers.

It was set up to address tragic statistics that found nearly 25 per cent of all Capital road casualties were only 17 to 25-year-old.

This is very much an interactive day for pupils and they will be able to take part in demonstrations such as the seat belt test to help them understand the risks on the road.

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Edinburgh young drivers seatbelt test 2016

Digby Brown drive home consequences of irresponsible driving

Young people attending the event get the opportunity to experience a mock court room about the after-effects of a car crash, organised by Digby Brown.

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Edinburgh police officer giving evidence in Digby Brown mock court at Edinburgh Young Drivers

Edinburgh police give evidence in the Digby Brown mock courtroom

Gordon Dalyell, Partner in Digby Brown's Edinburgh office and Head of our Network Department, who organise the judicial demonstration, said:

"There are too many road colllisions around Edinburgh that are preventable and sadly many of these involve young or newly qualified drivers.

“If Young Drivers 2017 helps save even one life, then it’s an event Digby Brown is proud to support.”

This is the seventh consecutive year the project has reached out to Edinburgh’s young people, and Digby Brown is delighted to support the event again this year.

It is a safety partnership between Police Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and NHS Lothian and will run between Monday 9 October to Thursday 12 October.

For more information visit http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/streetsahead/info/28/education/65/young_drivers_2019 or for live updates from the event, follow Edinburgh Young Drivers on Twitter.